The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has placed MOWW's Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) Program on the 2021-2022 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs and Activities for Students.

Patriotic Education | FACT SHEET


The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) is a non-profit, Veteran Service Organization established in 1919. Among its other national, community-focused outreach programs, the Order's Patriotic Education Program focuses on youth education, development and recognition. MOWW's Patriotic Education Program has three elements:

  • First, as a part of that program, MOWW conducts Youth Leadership Conference® (YLC) sessions across the nation, which are included in the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) List of Approved Contests and Activities for Students. YLC classes are led by skilled instructors and supervised by well-qualified team leaders and counselors. Classes are participatory. The goal is 50% of class time is dedicated to leadership, 30% of class time devoted to the US government, US history and the US Constitution, and; 20% devoted to the Free Enterprise System and the US economy. In addition, MOWW annually selects winners of the national YLC essay competition from among the top graduates of each YLC, presenting the Phoenician Award and cash prizes to the National Winner, First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up in local ceremonies attended by family, friends, schools, government and media. MOWW YLCs and YLSs often involve partners represented by its Resolutions of Cooperation, e.g., the National Sojourners and the Joe Foss Institute.
  • Second, MOWW chapters also conduct Youth Leadership Seminars (YLS) along lines similar to YCs, however YLSs are focused on specialized topics such as civics, law & order, flag education, etc.
  • Last, MOWW chapters also conduct Massing of Colors (MOC) and other programs supporting patriotic activities on the Fourth of July, Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day. This includes the annual General of the Armies John J. Pershing Memorial Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Massing of Colors is a patriotic ceremony rededicating our support of the United States. These ceremonies usually involve color guard units from: Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard military units; Senior and Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) units; armed services auxiliary organizations; state militias; veteran and civic groups; police, sheriff and fire departments; and Boy and Girl Scout organizations.

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